Peter Chadwick from Newport Beach was arrested Sunday in Mexico and deported to US where he will stand trial
The 55-year-old stood accused of strangling his wife Quee Cho ‘Q.C.’ Chadwick, 46, in their multi-million dollar home at Newport Beach, 2012 before dumping her body in a dumpster in San Diego, California
Chadwick’s wife of 21 years, Quee disappeared from their home in Newport Beach on October 10, 2012.
Chadwick left leads to make it look like he fled to Canada in January 2015
At first he told authorities a handyman had killed his wife and kidnapped him, but was then charged with his wife’s death after the body was found in a dumpster in San diego
Released on $1 million bail, at first he attended court appearances before he vanished from his father’s California home in 2015
But after skipping court officials say they believe he has been in Mexico all along
The millionaire initially stayed at high-end resorts but when he needed to show a passport he moved to more modest hostels and residences
Chadwick – who had several aliases and fake IDs – ‘studied how to be a fugitive’ and learned Spanish while on the run
He had been facing a maximum sentence of life in prison with parole if convicted.
Peter Chadwick’s flight from justice is over. The 55-year-old multi-millionaire’s run for the past four years ended with his arrest in Mexico on Sunday. He had been charged with strangling his wife of 21 years, Quee Choo ‘QC’ Chadwick, in 2012. The fugitive was captured six years after his wife’s body was found a week later in a trash bin in suburban San Diego
For four years, millionaire murder suspect Peter Chadwick was nowhere to be found though his image was everywhere – in widespread media coverage, on the U.S. Marshals’ most wanted fugitive list and a police-produced podcast about his case.
The 55-year-old stood accused of strangling his wife Quee ‘Q.C.’ Chadwick in their multi-million dollar home at Newport Beach, in October 2012 before dumping her body in a dumpster in San Diego, California.
Police allege Chadwick strangled and drowned his wife, 46-year-old Quee Choo Chadwick, in the bathroom of their Newport Beach home, wrapped her in a comforter from their bed and dumped her body in a trash bin in San Diego County on Oct. 10, 2012. The couple had been fighting over a possible divorce and related financial issues, police said.
The supposedly grieving spouse was arrested after calling police near the U.S.-Mexico border the day after his wife vanished. QC’s body was not discovered until about eight days after the murder, on Oct. 18, 2012.
However, Chadwick was charged with her murder before her body was even found because Newport Beach police found injuries on his body showing signs that he had been involved in a fight. – Investigators also found blood and signs of a struggle inside the couples’ upscale Newport Beach home.
Married for 21 days, Chadwick and his wife reportedly, had been discussing the possibility of divorce at the time of her murder. Police were alerted to her disappearance after she failed to pick her three children up from school.
While awaiting trial, Chadwick was released on $1.5 million bail and ordered to live with his father in Santa Barbara.
However, in January 2015, he withdrew millions of dollars from his bank accounts and disappeared. Since that time, he has been on the US Marshals 15 Most Wanted list.
Speaking on the capture officials in Orange County said all the attention and hundreds of tips paid off when the real estate investor from Newport Beach was arrested by immigration authorities in Mexico on Sunday and deported to the US where prosecutors hope he will stand trial.
To camouflage his whereabouts, Chadwick left leads for law enforcement to make it look like he fled to Canada after skipping a court appearance. Law enforcement officials said they believe he has been in Mexico all along.
At first, Chadwick, who had several aliases and fake IDs was arrested on sunday at an expat community near Puebla, officials said.
He ‘studied how to be a fugitive’ Craig McCluskey, supervisory inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service said.
We believe Peter Chadwick has been in Mexico since his disappearance,’ Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis said at a press conference Tuesday.
Chadwick is charged with strangling his wife of 21 years. Quee Choo Chadwick, known as ‘Q.C.’ in 2012.
Peter Chadwick is escorted by US Marshals at Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 5, 2019, after being captured in Mexico
Killer and victim: Wealthy real estate investor Chadwick and his wife of 21 years, Quee Cho Chadwick, aka QC, [photo] who disappeared from their home in Newport Beach on October 10, 2012. Chadwick called 911 from a San Diego gas station the next day and told authorities his wife was strangled by a handyman who kidnapped him and brought along the body
Police initially became involved when two of the couple’s three young sons [soon in photo with their parents], were left waiting for a ride home from school. Chadwick quickly became the suspect and his wife’s body was found a week later in a trash bin in suburban San Diego
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer holds up pictures of the home of Peter Chadwick and the dumpster where his wife’s body was found during a news conference in Santa Ana
Newport Beach police began investigating after Peter Chadwick failed to pick up his children after school and both Chadwick and his wife Q.C. disappeared from their home on October 10, 2012.
Inside the family’s upscale home, authorities said they found a broken vase, drops of blood on the floor and Q.C.’s cellphone and wedding ring.
The next day, Peter Chadwick told authorities that a handyman had killed his wife and kidnapped him and fled with her body.
In chilling audio from the 911 call, Chadwick said in a calm voice that the handyman named Juan had drowned his wife and then forced him to drive overnight.
He told the dispatcher that he thought Juan was driving to Mexico and planned to cut up his wife’s body.
Chadwick quickly became the suspect after detectives who interviewed him doubted his story and noticed scratches on his neck and dried blood on his hands.
Chadwick was arrested on October 11 and was charged when his wife’s body was found a week later in a San Diego dumpster.
He was released on $1 million bail and at first attended court appearances.
When he vanished from his father’s California home in 2015, police said he had drawn large sums of cash and researched how to change one’s identity.
Last year, the U.S. Marshals added Chadwick to the most wanted fugitive list and a $100,000 reward was announced for tips leading to his capture.
Newport Beach police wrote and produced a six-episode ‘true crime’ podcast about the case in the hopes of intensifying the search.
Peter Chadwick quickly became the suspect in the death of his wife when detectives who interviewed him doubted his story of a handy man being responsible for the death, and noticed scratches on his neck and dried blood on his hands
Chadwick became a suspect and was charged with his wife’s murder after detectives who interviewed him doubted his story and noticed scratches on his neck and dried blood on his hands. Inside their upscale home in Newport Beach. Authorities said they found a broken vase, drops of blood on the floor and Q.C.’s cellphone and wedding ring.
Police put up $100,000 reward for capture of Peter Chadwick in 2018. He was on the U.S. Marshal’s 15 Most Wanted Fugitive list. He’d studied and mastered the art of hiding in plain view, investigators said. Chadwick stayed at high-end resorts but when he needed to show a passport he moved to more modest hostels and residences
Authorities attributed Chadwick’s elusiveness on the run to he’s having studied ‘how to be a fugitive’. US Marshals Service, said they narrowed Peter Chadwick’s whereabouts to Mexico late last year
Authorities on Tuesday declined to pinpoint a specific tip that led them to Peter Chadwick but said they received leads from around the world.
Craig McCluskey, supervisory inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service, said authorities narrowed Peter Chadwick’s whereabouts to Mexico late last year.
When Chadwick first arrived in Mexico in 2015, he initially stayed at luxury resorts in various towns.
Eventually, those high-end resorts began requiring identification that he couldn’t provide. He got around that hurdle by turning to more modest accommodations at motels and hostels.
Most recently, Chadwick had been staying at a residential duplex near Puebla, just outside of Mexico City.
After he was taken into custody, Chadwick told authorities he had learned Spanish while on the run, McCluskey said.
‘He studied how to be a fugitive,’ McCluskey said.
‘What makes him so difficult to find is the fact that he fled with a decent amount of money… Approximately a million dollars,’ US Marshal Craig McCluskey told CBS 48 Hours in May.
‘We had no idea this was going to be the logistical monster that it has.’
Chadwick was born in the United Kingdom but is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and authorities said both his U.S. and U.K. passports were seized when he was released on bail.
However he found means to withdraw millions of dollars out of bank accounts and take out cash advances on credit cards.
A fugitive task force later discovered that Chadwick had been studying material about living off the grid and changing your identity.
Chadwick from Newport Beach, California was arrested by immigration authorities in Mexico on Sunday and deported to the US where prosecutors expect he will stand trial
In their efforts to track him down, Newport Beach Police released a podcast series last year called Countdown to Capture that detailed how Chadwick went from being a seemingly quiet family man to a most wanted fugitive.
‘Peter could be anywhere in the world,’ Police Chief Jon T. Lewis said last year when announcing the $100,000 reward and details of the podcast.
‘He’s got the financial means to avoid the restrictions placed on his travel.
‘He’s taken every opportunity to hide his tracks. We want to spread his picture and the story of his crimes far and wide.’
Authorities said that because of Chadwick’s wealth and his extensive international ties, they believe he may have fled the country.
He is expected to appear in court in Santa Ana on Wednesday. Orange County prosecutors are asking that he be held without bail.
He had been facing a maximum sentence of life in prison with parole, had he been convicted.